Kasi Grzebielski and Nick Barker
Kasi and Nick started volunteering at Blanchet House this year and are now part of the regular weekly crew.
“It’s so important to have someone stick up for you. To offer you a warm coffee; to make you feel like you belong on this planet.
While volunteering, I was surprised to see so many kinds of different people coming to eat. There is such a range of people. There are people who are evidently living on the streets, and then there are people who are just hungry. It also surprised me to see how grateful people are.
People say, ‘thank you for coming and serving breakfast,’ and ‘you guys are doing a great job!’
It breaks my heart that there’s not enough stuff to give out to those in need. When I see people’s hands so dirty, I want to provide a place for them to wash up. The cafe once provided that warm safe space to come in, but we’re really missing that during the pandemic.
I think it’s so easy to give back. It doesn’t have to be a monetary donation. I have never worked in a kitchen before, and I’m more of a math person. The food that we’re giving out at Blanchet is so meaningful, and you don’t need to have a huge skill set to hand out oatmeal in the morning.
I sit at a desk all day dealing with high-level finances, but I like doing physical work such as chopping up vegetables. On the first day of volunteering, Also, I made 100 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I watched the bin container fill up with the food I prepped. In addition, I get to see the fruits of the labor.
We feel so grateful to be able to give back to the community. It’s the best way to start the day.
We run another non-profit on the side, and everything went on hold during the pandemic. Plus, we wanted to give more back to our community after talking about how grateful we were to make it through the year 2020 and the pandemic overall. We looked at our wills and decided that we should set time aside for the charities that we care about. Before discovering Blanchet House, we went online searching for an organization where we could roll our sleeves up and do some good work.”